John Escalante, former 14th District Commander, appointed 2nd second highest CPD cop


John Escalante (center)

John J. Escalante, former 14th District Commander, will be First Deputy Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) announced Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy in his statement  today about three leadership changes in the department effective Oct. 15. 

Current First Deputy Alfonza Wysinger, appointed by McCarthy in 2011, recently told McCarthy of his intent to retire as he closed in on his 30th year with the department. 

"Al has been at my side since I arrived here in Chicago, and he has been a partner and a friend for more than four years. While I will miss his counsel, I wish him and his family the very best,” said McCarthy.

Also retiring is Chief of the Bureau of Internal Affairs Juan Rivera, who has a 30-year CPD service record. Eddie Welch III will be the new Chief of Internal Affairs, while Constantine Andrews has been named to take on Escalante's former duties as Chief of the Bureau of Detectives. 

“With more than 80 years of combined law enforcement experience, First Deputy Superintendent Escalante and Chiefs Welch and Andrews have dedicated their lives to making our neighborhoods safer,” McCarthy said. “They are among the most respected leaders at CPD, and their skills and experience will serve us all well as we fight gun violence and ensure professionalism and accountability for our officers.” 

John J. Escalante
Escalante will be responsible for all aspects of patrol operations, deployment and criminal investigations for the nation's second largest policing agency. 

After six months at the helm of the 14th District, at the end of 2009, he described the 14th as a " a city within a city" with officers who "truly and proudly represent the Chicago Police Department. There are some very hard working officers assigned to this district, a mix of newer and veteran officers. From the day I arrived, I have seen, on a daily basis, dedicated officers trying to make a difference."

Earlier this year, he gratefully noted that his current staff of detectives was increasing and he was pleased as to how his department would better be able to serve the City's residents.   

With more than 29 years of service, Escalante has held numerous other senior command positions in the Patrol and Detective Bureaus, including Chief of Detectives, Deputy Chief of Patrol for Area North and Commander of the Bomb and Arson Unit. 

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Lewis University, he serves as the Chairman of the Chicago Police Department’s Traffic Review Board, Vice President of the St. Jude Police League, Chairman of the Financial Assistance Committee for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, and is a member of the International Chiefs of Police Association. 

Eddie Welch III
Eddie Welch will be heading the department in which he has been serving as Deputy Chief, where he was responsible for administrative oversight over the unit. Formerly Welch served as Deputy Chief of Detectives, Deputy Chief of Patrol and held supervisory positions in the 25th, 12th and 10th Districts. Welch holds a Master's degree in Urban Life and Learning from Loyola University and is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. 

Constantine Andrews
Like Welch, Constantine Andrews is moving up in the department where he served as the Deputy Chief. He will oversee more than 1,200 sworn and professional staff members in the three Area Detective Field Offices, Central Investigations, Youth Investigations and the Forensic Services Section. 

Described by the department as a "seasoned police veteran," he has extensive investigative experience. He has held numerous senior level positions within the Detective Bureau, including Commander of Area 5 Detectives, Commander of Intelligence, and Commanding Officer of Investigative Services, in addition to his current role as Deputy Chief of Patrol for Area North. 

He has completed coursework for a Master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University and has undergone technical training in intelligence, civil-rights investigations and homeland security from the United States Department of Justice.




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